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The University of Florida has started an aggressive program to promote use of artificial intelligence across a wide range of industries including agriculture.

Willie Vogt

October 28, 2022

Farmers may have heard the terms artificial intelligence and machine learning more often lately as new technologies using these tools come to market. It’s a growing opportunity for changing the way a wide range of industries work and agriculture is already seeing some benefits.

An artificial intelligence system is essentially a thinking computer, and the University of Florida is working to bring this technology to a wider range of industries. Scott Angle, senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, is driving that effort.

He discusses what it means to share this technology beyond the computer lab to every part of the campus from agriculture to library science, from engineering to medicine. And he shares why this is a significant turning point for every industry as the computers we use get smarter at helping perform a range of tasks including plant breeding and crop management.

In addition, he discussed a new center being built near Plant City, Fla., which is the most significant new facility investments for the university “in a generation” according to Angle. It’s a major investment for the university with broader implications for not only the university but agriculture as well.

In this episode of Around Farm Progress, the focus is on a new kind of future where computers help users get better at what they do. Give it a listen.

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About the Author(s)

Willie Vogt

Willie Vogt has been covering agricultural technology for more than 40 years, with most of that time as editorial director for Farm Progress. He is passionate about helping farmers better understand how technology can help them succeed, when appropriately applied.

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